Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Satellites

Chinese PNT Satellites (BeiDou)


2018 – BeiDou/CentiSpace

Of all the nations deploying and operating PNT satellites in 2018, China was the busiest. At the beginning of 2018, the nation’s PNT system, known as BeiDou (Compass), consisted of…

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2017 – BeiDou

In 2017, China continued expanding its BeiDou constellation, the nation’s space-based PNT system. Launching ## BeiDou satellites, the nation’s share increased to... In 2017, China continued expanding its BeiDou constellation,…

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2016 – BeiDou

China’s expansion of its positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) constellation, BeiDou, continued during 2016. The country’s share of the world’s orbiting operational PNT satellites increased to ##%, ## more than…

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2015 – BeiDou

In 2014, China had paused in its BeiDou PNT satellite launch activities with its BeiDou satellites making up ##% of the global PNT satellite fleets. There were ## BeiDou satellites…

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2014 – BeiDou

China was uncharacteristically inactive in terms of PNT satellite launches during 2013 and 2014. A new navigation test satellite the Chinese were expected to launch for phase 3 of the…

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2008 – BeiDou

China is planning to supplement its Compass Satellite network already in development. In April 2007, China launched BeiDou-2, the first MEO satellite for Compass. Plans have been announced for the…

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2009 – BeiDou

In April 2009, China launched BeiDou-2, the second GEO satellite of its planned Compass Navigation Satellite System (CNSS). The system will consist of ## MEO satellites for global coverage and…

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2010 – BeiDou

Since 2000, China has been building a PNT system called Compass (BeiDou, in Chinese). China launched ## satellites in 2010 as part of Compass, which is planned to consist of…

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2011 – BeiDou

Since 2000, China has also been building its own national PNT system, known as Beidou (the Mandarin name for the constellation otherwise known as the Big Dipper). China launched ##…

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2012 – BeiDou

Since 2000, China has been building its own PNT system, known as BeiDou. In December 2011, the Chinese government announced that its initial services—location data and SMS messaging—commenced for users…

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